The Senate this afternoon passed a motion to proceed to debate on a health-care repeal bill. Fifty of the 52 GOP senators voted yes, two voted no — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. All of the other 50 senators voted no, 48 Democrats and two independents. As a result, vice president Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking “yes” vote to move on to debate on the bill.
It is not yet clear which version of the bill the Senate will consider in the upcoming 20 hours of debate, which McConnell says will take place in an open-amendment process. Some have suggested that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell should bring up the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, while others have said he will bring up the current version of the Senate leadership’s revised health-care draft, to be changed over the course of a week through a series of votes on amendments introduced by individual senators. McConnell has not told his colleagues which version of the bill he hopes to pass in the end.